Richard Sharp, Ph.D., named director of the Mayo Clinic Office of the Responsible Conduct of Research
Richard Sharp, Ph.D., is the new director of the Mayo Clinic Office of the Responsible Conduct of Research. Dr. Sharp is a senior associate consultant II in the Division of Health Care Policy & Research, with a joint appointment in the Division of General Internal Medicine.
Dr. Sharp joined Mayo Clinic in 2013 as director of the Biomedical Ethics Program and its associated programs within the Center for Individualized Medicine, Center for Regenerative Medicine, and Robert D. and Patricia E. Kern Center for the Science of Health Care Delivery. He also serves on the Executive Committee of the Center for Clinical and Translational Science, the Rochester Ethics Committee, and the Mayo Clinic-wide Ethics Committee for the Clinical Practice.
The Office of the Responsible Conduct of Research works proactively with the research integrity officers at each Mayo campus and all staff involved in research activities to ensure Mayo Clinic conforms with the responsibilities of the U.S. Public Health Policy on Research Misconduct. This includes bringing awareness to the policy and effective approaches to managing allegations of research misconduct during the assessment, inquiry and investigation phases.
The office works in conjunction with Mayo Graduate School and the Office of Research Education to ensure an educational program in the principles of responsible conduct of research is in place.
Dr. Sharp replaces Anthony J. Windebank, M.D., who served as director of the office since its inception in 2013 and as chair of the Mayo Clinic Committee on Responsible Conduct of Research since 1989.
Dr. Windebank's leadership was critical in implementing the new regulations in 1989 by establishing the Committee on Responsible Conduct of Research, developing the Responsible Conduct of Research course in Mayo Graduate School and promoting the highest standards of scientific integrity at Mayo Clinic.